Whitehill’s bid for second place in danger after defeat

Aaron Somerville
Aaron Somerville
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Whitehill Welfare’s hopes of finishing second in the Lowland League were dealt a blow as they went down 4-2 at home to Vale of Leithen last night.

A Shaun Stevens hat-trick and an Alan Flanagan goal were enough despite Aaron Somerville and James Flynn netting for Whitehill, before Andrew Kidd was sent off late on in the game. The hosts should have gone ahead on 19 minutes. Some neat interplay between Stevie Manson, Somerville, and Wayne McIntosh presented the latter with a golden chance that he somehow passed up before Somerville struck the post with a shot.

Vale capitalised by opening the scoring minutes later when Shaun Stevens took advantage of some hesitation in the home defence to squeeze an effort just inside the far post.

It didn’t take long for Welfare to restore parity, top scorer Somerville latching on to a ball down the channel, touching it past Vale goalkeeper Andy McQueen and slotting into an empty net for his 30th goal of the season.

Somerville was through on goal after the hour but McQueen saved well with his legs. Vale then went up the park and took the lead immediately, substitute Alan Flanagan nodding home Stevens’ near-post cross.

McIntosh almost levelled immediately, hitting the bar with a header before McQueen cleared by punching the ball off it again. Vale looked to have sealed the win with 15 minutes remaining when Stevens grabbed his second, only for Whitehill substitute James Flynn to head them back into the game.

Andy Martin thought he had equalised with eight minutes to go only for Ryan Sclater to somehow block his effort on line without knowing much about it. Skipper Kidd then received a second yellow for dissent leaving Mickey Lawson’s side to try and salvage a point with ten men. Stevens took full advantage to notch his hat-trick and ensure the points went back to Innerleithen.

At Meadowbank, Edinburgh City won 3-1 against Stirling Uni – their first victory since being crowned champions. Captain Dougie Gair’s first-half strike separated the teams at half-time before Mark McConnell and John Dunn put City out of sight. Jeff Kessie netted a late consolation for Stirling.

BSC Glasgow’s game against Gala Fairydean was postponed due to concerns about the pitch.